\ ˈjüs How to pronounce juice (audio) \

Definition of juice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the extractable fluid contents of cells or tissues
2 : a motivating, inspiring, or enabling force or factor creative juices
3 : a medium (such as electricity or gasoline) that supplies power
4a juices plural : the natural fluids of an animal body
b : the liquid or moisture contained in something
5a : the inherent quality of a thing : essence
b : strength, vigor, vitality pioneers … full of juice and jests— Sinclair Lewis
6 slang : liquor
7 slang : exorbitant interest exacted of a borrower under the threat of violence
8 slang : influence, clout


juiced; juicing

Definition of juice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to extract the juice of
2 : to add juice to

Other Words from juice


juiceless \ ˈjüs-​ləs How to pronounce juice (audio) \ adjective

Examples of juice in a Sentence

Noun a glass of apple juice a variety of fruit juices the juice of a steak gravy made with real beef juices His camera ran out of juice because he forgot to replace the battery.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But at least a handful of films, with no juice behind them, would show up every year at those festivals and have a very slight chance to make an impression. Dan Mirvish, Variety, 11 Jan. 2022 This protein powder has a strong aftertaste, which some users dilute by mixing it with natural fruit juice. Amy Schlinger, Health.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Hummus is soured with both lemon juice and sumac, then finished with sesame seeds. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Make a royal icing by mixing powdered sugar and egg whites with a little lemon juice to assemble the pieces and decorate the gingerbread house. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 In a large bowl toss the pear slices with the lemon juice. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2021 To follow in the tradition of our babcis and experiment with briny, tangy, sour soups yourself, start by substituting between ⅛ and ¼ of the liquid in your soup base with pickle juice. Heather Eddy, Bon Appétit, 4 Dec. 2021 Hibiscus-Pomegranate Punch is another option that features the gorgeous red tea, along with pomegranate juice, gin and sparkling wine. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Before the family hung up, Papiryan held up a glass filled with apple juice to the camera — sending cheers for the holiday. Brittny Mejia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Hawk-Eye's death was the classic private equity move of buying a business and slashing expenses to the bone to temporarily juice its profit rate. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 7 Oct. 2021 Many apartment and condo dwellers though are dependent on public charging stations to juice their emissions-free vehicles, a scenario that can mean long wait and charging times. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 5 Dec. 2021 The home-flipping business has helped juice Zillow's revenue this year. Alex Veiga, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021 Worried about a governor's election that is closer than expected, Virginia Democrats hope that appearances by Obama and other leaders will juice Black turnout during early voting as well as on Election Day itself. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2021 The committee needed to juice the Aggies’ ranking to help people make sense of Alabama starting out at No.2. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2021 But with Trump no longer in the White House to juice Democratic vote totals, this year’s election will test whether Virginia’s new blue complexion can last and will serve as a bellwether for next year’s midterm congressional elections nationwide. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2021 And the pandemic had its highlights for many Americans who learned impressive cooking hacks like coating sliced avocados with olive oil to prevent browning or how to juice a lemon without cutting it. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Her strategy for ensuring lemons and limes don’t go to waste is to zest and juice them and then store those components in the freezer until needed. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of juice


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for juice


Middle English jus, from Anglo-French, broth, juice, from Latin; akin to Old Norse ostr cheese, Greek zymē leaven, Sanskrit yūṣa broth

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“Juice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juice. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of juice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the liquid part that can be squeezed out of vegetables and fruits
: the liquid part of meat
: something (such as electricity) that provides power



English Language Learners Definition of juice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove juice from (a fruit or vegetable)


\ ˈjüs How to pronounce juice (audio) \

Kids Definition of juice

1 : the liquid part that can be squeezed out of vegetables and fruit
2 : the liquid part of meat


\ ˈjüs How to pronounce juice (audio) \

Medical Definition of juice

1 : the extractable fluid contents of cells or tissues
2a : a natural bodily fluid (as blood, lymph, or a secretion) — see gastric juice, intestinal juice, pancreatic juice
b : the liquid or moisture contained in something

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